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Tasman captain Havili shines as Mako thrash Southland 47-10

Tasman 47 (Taina Fox-Matamua, David Havili 2, Fetuli Paea 2, Mitch Hunt, Sione Havili tries; Mitch Hunt 4 con, Tim O’Malley 2 con) def Southland 10 (Tony Lamborn try; Greg Dyer pen, con). HT: 7-3

Nelson to host Black Ferns v Barbarians game

An afternoon match on Saturday November 21 has been scheduled between the Black Ferns and a NZ Barbarians side at Trafalgar Park– the final fixture in a series that has ensured some game time for the defending world champions ahead of their title defence next year.

Auckland is a bridge too far for Mako [Peter Jones]

"It’s not just the fact they have lost a couple of games up north, it’s the fashion in which they have been beaten that will have the team’s brains trust scratching their collective heads." - Peter Jones

Mako suffer second loss of the season against a rampant Auckland

Auckland 31 (Adrian Chote, Marcel Renata, AJ Lam, Tumua Manu, Salesi Rayasi tries, Harry Plummer 2 cons) defeated Tasman 10 (Alex Nankivell, Quentin MacDonald tries)

Auckland crush Tasman to surge to top of Premiership table

Auckland 31 (Adrian Choat, Marcel Renata, AJ Lam, Tumua Manu, Salesi Rayasi tries; Harry Plummer 3 con) defeated Tasman 10 (Alex Nankivell, Quentin MacDonald tries.). HT: 24-0.

Mako quickly return to winner’s circle [Peter Jones]

Seven days are a long time in sport, especially in a weekly rugby competition. Going from an error-ridden, ill-disciplined performance against Harbour last Sunday to a clinical effort against Bay of Plenty a week later, Tasman underlined how quickly fortunes in our national provincial rugby showpiece can change.

Mako bounce back against Bay of Plenty

Tasman 33 (Leicester Faingaanuku 2, Mark Talea, Sione Havili, Blair Prinsep tries, Mitch Hunt 4 cons) def Bay of Plenty 7 (Regan Ware try, Otere Black 1 con)

Reigning champs bounce back to top table after beating BOP

Tasman 33 (Leicester Fainga’anuku 2, Mark Telea, Sione Havili, Blair Prinsep tries; Mitch Hunt 4 con) defeated Bay of Plenty 7 (Regan Ware try; Otere Black con). HT: 12-7

Mako lock in former All Black Isaac Ross

With 2020 All Black Quinten Strange and last year’s standout Pari Pari Parkinson ruled out of contention through injury, plus local back-up options Antonio Shalfoon and Max Hicks also struggling to shake off injuries, Ross was seen as a handy addition to the squad at a crucial time of the season.

Tasman toppled by inspired Harbour side [Peter Jones]

The damage began up front, Harbour’s hefty pack taking control at scrum time, which created a steady flow of penalties and ultimately two yellow cards. The northerners also competed willingly at the breakdown, throwing the Mako off their stride and ensuring their ball was either laboured or rushed.